This was the first season of the McMillan Hotels' sponsorship of the Scottish Senior Mixed Championship at the Stranraer rink. Sixteen teams contested the finals.
After reaching the semi Bob Kelly's team were probably the favourites to go through against George Kirk and his team, but Bob turned his last takeout in, it caught the guard and Kirk was through. On the other sde of the draw, Sandy Nelson's team overwhelmed Jacqui Crawford's team with Gary Macfarlane throwing the last stones for the team.
In the final, Kirk, with Isabel Gillespie, John Gillespie and Alison Kirk took the initiative at the fourth end counting a three. They were three up without at the last. Sandy Nelson, Edna Nelson, Jimmy Johnson and Alice Johnson played the eighth well and Kirk was looking at two well hidden stones as he went to play his last. His well played takeout on swinging ice scraped past the guard and removed one of the Nelson counters, giving the Kirk team the title.
All the results are here.
Top L-R: George Kirk, Isabel Gillespie, John Gillespie and Alison Kirk with the Championship trophy which began its new life at Stranraer after a career at the already much missed Atholl rink. Pic by Bob. More pics from yesterday's Stranraer visit below.
Isabel Gillespie in charge in the final, as Edna and Sandy Nelson watch behind.
George Kirk and Sandy Nelson in the final.
George helping his front end with some sweeping in the semifinal against Bob Kelly's side.
The rest of Bob's team - Lesley Arrowsmith with Colin and Elaine Semple sweeping.
Sandy Nelson in festive pose!
Caption competition time: Jacqui Crawford.
Gary Macfarlane plays the game with such intensity. Great guy too - I have to say that as he probably won't think this is the most complimentary pic of him. But it is my favourite of the weekend!
Elsewhere, congratulations to Jamie Dick and his team for winning the Junior event at Lockerbie, defeating Kerr Drummond in the final. Eve Muirhead's team was skipped by Kay Adams and won the junior women's event, over Claire Hamilton's side.
Michael McCreadie's GB Paralympic Squad team reached the semifinal of the Richmond International Cashspiel in BC, Canada.
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